LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI, U.S. — The Essmueller Company announced on Nov. 15 the formation of a sister company in Australia.

Essmueller Australia will be located outside of Melbourne, Australia and will open on Jan. 1, 2012. Christopher McLean will be the managing director and will be moving to Australia with his family in early January to open the 40,000-square-foot facility.

Essmueller Australia will be manufacturing the complete Essmueller line of products.

“We felt that Australia would be the perfect location for an additional manufacturing facility to better service our customers’ needs around the world,” said Bill McLean, Essmueller president.